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The Revolution of 1800
The Revolution of 1800

Democracy, Race, and the New Republic

Horn, James J., Taylor, Jan Ellen, Onuf, Peter S.

George W. Bush and Al Gore were by no means the first presidential hopefuls to find themselves embroiled in a hotly contested electoral impasse. Two hundred years earlier,...


Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions
Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions
Newman, Simon P., Onuf, Peter S.

The enormous popularity of his pamphlet Common Sense made Thomas Paine one of the best-known patriots during the early years of American independence. His subsequent...


Revolutionary Prophecies
Revolutionary Prophecies

The Founders and America’s Future

McDonald, Robert M. S., Onuf, Peter S.

The America of the early republic was built on an experiment, a hopeful prophecy that would only be fulfilled if an enlightened people could find its way through its past and...


The Work of the Heart
The Work of the Heart

Young Women and Emotion, 1780–1830

Blauvelt, Martha Tomhave

How did young American women construct and express their emotions between 1780 and 1830? Before Oprah and therapy, how did they reconcile society’s demanding and often...


Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland
Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland

The Transatlantic Origins of American Democracy and Nationhood

Mattes, Armin

Notions of democracy and nationhood constitute the pivotal legacy of the American Revolution, but to understand their development one must move beyond a purely American context...


Unnatural Rebellion
Unnatural Rebellion

Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution

Chopra, Ruma

Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized...


Old World, New World
Old World, New World

America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson

Sadosky, Leonard J., Nicolaisen, Peter, Onuf, Peter S., O’Shaughnessy, Andrew J.

Old World, New World: America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson grew out of workshops in Salzburg and Charlottesville sponsored by Monticello’s International Center...


Mongrel Nation
Mongrel Nation

The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

Walker, Clarence E.

The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of "Did they or didn’t they?" But lost in the argument over the existence...


Amelioration and Empire

Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

Dierksheide, Christa

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in the British Caribbean and the American South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving hypocrites, thought...


Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson

History, Memory, and Civic Culture

Taylor, Jan Ellen, Onuf, Peter S.

The publication of DNA test results showing that Thomas Jefferson was probably the father of one of his slave Sally Hemings's children has sparked a broad but often superficial...


The Queen of America
The Queen of America

Mary Cutts's Life of Dolley Madison

Cutts, Mary, Allgor, Catherine

For biographers and fans of Dolley Payne Todd Madison, Mary Cutts's memoir of her famous aunt has been indispensable. Because Madison left behind no account of her life, the...


Remaking Custom
Remaking Custom

Law and Identity in the Early American Republic

Pearson, Ellen Holmes

History has largely forgotten the writings, both public and private, of early nineteenth-century America’s legal scholars. However, Ellen Holmes Pearson argues that the...


The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family
The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family

The Tuckers of Virginia, 1752–1830

Hamilton, Phillip

In mid-April 1814, the Virginia congressman John Randolph of Roanoke had reason to brood over his family’s decline since the American Revolution. The once-sumptuous world of...


Revolutionary Negotiations
Revolutionary Negotiations

Indians, Empires, and Diplomats in the Founding of America

Sadosky, Leonard J.

Revolutionary Negotiations examines early American diplomatic negotiations with both the European powers and the various American Indian nations from the 1740s through...


Contesting Slavery
Contesting Slavery

The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation

Hammond, John Craig, Mason, Matthew

Recent scholarship on slavery and politics between 1776 and 1840 has wholly revised historians’ understanding of the problem of slavery in American politics. Contesting...


Tom Paine's America
Tom Paine's America

The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic

Cotlar, Seth

Tom Paine’s America explores the vibrant, transatlantic traffic in people, ideas, and texts that profoundly shaped American political debate in the 1790s. In 1789, when...


Jefferson's Empire
Jefferson's Empire

The Language of American Nationhood

Onuf, Peter S.

Thomas Jefferson believed that the American revolution was a transformative moment in the history of political civilization. He hoped that his own efforts as a founding...


Thomas Jefferson, Time, and History
Thomas Jefferson, Time, and History
Spahn, Hannah

Beginning with the famous opening to the Declaration of Independence ("When in the course of human events..."), almost all of Thomas Jefferson’s writings include creative,...


Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
Onuf, Peter S., Cole, Nicholas P.

Thomas Jefferson read Latin and Greek authors throughout his life and wrote movingly about his love of the ancient texts, which he thought should be at the core of America's...


Sons of the Father
Sons of the Father

George Washington and His Protégés

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Whether acting as a military officer or civilian officeholder, George Washington did not possess a reputation for glad handing, easy confidences, or even much warmth. His...


Between Sovereignty and Anarchy
Between Sovereignty and Anarchy

The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era

Griffin, Patrick, Ingram, Robert G., Onuf, Peter S., Schoen, Brian

Between Sovereignty and Anarchy considers the conceptual and political problem of violence in the early modern Anglo-Atlantic, charting an innovative approach to the...


Collegiate Republic
Collegiate Republic

Cultivating an Ideal Society in Early America

Sumner, Margaret

Collegiate Republic offers a compellingly different view of the first generation of college communities founded after the American Revolution. Such histories have...


State and Citizen
State and Citizen

British America and the Early United States

Thompson, Peter, Onuf, Peter S.

Pointing the way to a new history of the transformation of British subjects into American citizens, State and Citizen challenges the presumption that the early American...


The Limits of Optimism
The Limits of Optimism

Thomas Jefferson's Dualistic Enlightenment

Valsania, Maurizio

The Limits of Optimism works to dispel persistent notions about Jefferson’s allegedly paradoxical and sphinx-like quality. Maurizio Valsania shows that Jefferson’s...


Unfinished Revolution
Unfinished Revolution

The Early American Republic in a British World

Haynes, Sam W.

After the War of 1812 the United States remained a cultural and economic satellite of the world’s most powerful empire. Though political independence had been won, John Bull...


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